Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,639 GRT
|Born||2 Jan 1911||Zanzibar|
|Died||28 May 2002||(91)||Schleswig, Germany|
|U-19||20 Jun 1940||20 Oct 1940||No war patrols|
|U-138||21 Oct 1940||31 Dec 1940||1 patrol (27 days)|
|U-651||12 Feb 1941||29 Jun 1941||1 patrol (18 days)|
Peter Lohmeyer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1933. After standard training he was transferred to a Luftwaffe coastal squadron until Oct 1939, when he joined the U-boat force. He served as a Watch Officer on U-19 for seven months before taking command of that boat in June 1940. He then briefly commanded U-138 before being assigned to the larger type VIIC U-boat U-651 for Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) during her construction in Jan 1941. He took command on 12 Feb 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
He sank two ships before U-651 was herself sunk shortly after sinking her second victim south of Iceland.
There were no casualties when U-651 was lost on 29 June 1941, and Peter Lohmeyer was captured and became a prisoner of war until 16 July 1947 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
From October 1965 to December 1968 he commanded the famous German naval school ship Gorch Fock. An interview with him appeared in the Scottish local newspaper Stornoway Gazette on 31 August 1968 when the Gorch Fock visited the Western Isles.
Kapitän zur See Peter Lohmeyer died on 28 May 2002 in Schleswig. He was 91 years old.
Busch, R. & Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War Two
Kommandanten der GORCH FOCK. http://esys.org/gofo/Kommandanten.html
Segelschulschiff Gorch Fock. Kapitän zur See Peter Lohmeyer
Patrol info for Peter Lohmeyer
|1.||U-138||5 Nov 1940||Lorient||1 Dec 1940||Kiel||Patrol 1,||27 days|
|2.||U-651||7 Jun 1941||Hamburg||11 Jun 1941||Bergen||5 days|
|3.||U-651||12 Jun 1941||Bergen||29 Jun 1941||Sunk||Patrol 2,||18 days|
|2 patrols, 45 days at sea|
Ships hit by Peter Lohmeyer
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|24 Jun 1941||U-651||Brockley Hill||5,297||br||HX-133|
|29 Jun 1941||U-651||Grayburn||6,342||br||HX-133|
2 ships sunk (11,639 tons).